Franklin “Frank” Roosevelt Parnell, 89, of Bladenboro passed away on Friday, December 17, 2021 at his home. He is survived by his loving wife, Inez W. Parnell of the home, three sons, Billy Franklin Parnell (Linda) of Bladenboro, Tony Ray Parnell of Dublin, and Jeffery Wayne Parnell (Lisa) of Dublin, one daughter Wendy Renee Parnell of Bladenboro, one stepdaughter, Deborah Sessoms (Tim), four stepsons, Johnny McRoberts, Danny McRoberts (Louise), Sammy McRoberts (Annette), and Alan Dale McRoberts (Jeannie), ten grandchildren, Josh, Jessica, Brandon, Paige, Jeremy, Carrie, Noah Keith, Alayna, Joslyn, and Corey and two great grandchildren, Cierra and Talon.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Parnell and Rosa Mercer Parnell, two sisters, Nellie Parnell Kinlaw and Sadie Parnell, and two brothers, James “Killer” Parnell and Hezekiah Parnell.
Frank was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his family whether going to the mountains or to the beach. Frank worked with the Division of Transportation until his retirement of almost 33 years. Everyone enjoyed hearing his stories of working with the state, selling cars, and working with Crowell Construction.
An avid outdoorsman, Frank enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working in his garden. He was also a die-hard Braves fan and if he wasn’t watching baseball, you could find him watching Westerns. A legacy of love and admiration will live on in the generations to come.
The family will receive friends from 1:30 pm to 2 pm on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at Butters Baptist Church in Bladenboro followed by a funeral service at 2 pm. Rev. Darren Andrews and Rev. Charleston Guyton will be officiating. Burial will follow the services in the Butters Cemetery.